Supreme Court Justice Clarice Thomas
After graduating Yale in 1974, Thomas worked for Republican Missouri Attorney General John Danforth where he developed an eclectic conservatism influenced by libertarian and Black nationalist principles that often put him in conflict with liberal Black leaders and some Reagan administration officials who supported affirmative action and school integration through busing programs. This philosophy pitted Thomas against some Black leaders as well as officials supporting affirmative action programs and busing.
Early Life and Education
Thomas was raised in a rural community of Georgia’s Lowndes County where his maternal grandfather Myers Anderson’s influence as an independent businessman and Democrat taught discipline and pride to both of them.
After high school, Thomas attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts through an affirmative action program and excelled academically while becoming involved with campus activism, helping found the Black Student Union and attending anti-Vietnam War protests.
At Yale Law School, he focused more on business law rather than civil rights and constitutional specialization and took on an increasingly conservative perspective. Critics noted his habit of rarely asking questions during Supreme Court oral arguments – some considered this an indication of his closed-minded attitude while he insisted this simply wasn’t his style.
As part of his time at the EEOC, Thomas became a staunch proponent for private-sector remedies for past racial discrimination, often at odds with civil rights leaders and Black activists. Additionally, his conservative viewpoints put him in conflict with President Ronald Reagan who believed that government should stay out of these cases altogether.
At Supreme Court oral arguments, Thomas rarely asked any questions – something which some critics said indicated his disengagement and close-mindedness – while in concurring and dissenting opinions he took a hardline stance in many landmark constitutional cases.
A spokesman for the Supreme Court declined to discuss Thomas’ relationship with Huizenga and Sokol. Instead, the spokesman indicated his belief that new law mandating that Supreme Court justices disclose any consulting work their spouses perform for clients will help reduce conflicts of interest.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas achieved excellent grades as a high school student, becoming active in his Black student union and participating in anti-Vietnam War rallies as well as attending one of the first demonstrations against his school’s unfair targeting of Black students.
After graduating Holy Cross, he worked as an attorney for Missouri Attorney General John Danforth before joining President Reagan’s staff and being appointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), until President George Bush nominated him to sit on the Supreme Court in 1986.
At first, Justice Thomas’ confirmation process appeared to proceed smoothly until an EEOC employee, Anita Hill, accused him of sexual harassment. This scandal brought new scrutiny to the nomination. While serving on the court, Thomas has received many honors and awards including a life membership from Horatio Alger Association.
As a young man, Thomas found himself drawn toward religious life. He attended St. John Vianney Minor Seminary in Savannah before enrolling at Immaculate Conception Seminary in northwestern Missouri to train as a priest – only for Martin Luther King Jr’s death to shatter these hopes and to lead him instead towards Holy Cross College in Massachusetts, majoring in English literature while taking an active part in protesting Vietnam War protests and helping establish its Black Student Union.
After graduating Holy Cross in 1971 and attending Yale Law School where his conservative views began to form, he entered private law practice for Monsanto and later worked as legislative assistant for Senator John C. Danforth of Missouri. President Ronald Reagan appointed him Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights within the Department of Education; later that same year he also became Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
As a Supreme Court Justice, Thomas receives an annual salary and allowances of $230,000. Additionally, he is well-known as an author with several legal books published under his name and serves as an adjunct professor at various universities across the US.
Thomas has rental property and received gifts from billionaire friends that include 38 destination vacations, 26 private jet flights, eight helicopter flights, 12 VIP sport event passes and standing invitation to Huizenga’s exclusive private golf club according to financial disclosures.
Ginni Thomas is an influential Republican activist and founder of Liberty Consulting with an estimated net worth estimated to be over $100 Million. They have two children together. Additionally, Judge Thomas has come under scrutiny due to unreported trips that may be unethical.